Once upon a time, restaurants in hotels were something to be avoided, typically known for serving over-priced menus in soulless surrounds designed to cater for its residents and no one else. But times have changed and so has London’s foodie landscape. Eager to keep up with the city’s increasingly competitive dining scene, hotels have had to refine their restaurant game to keep up with Londoners' appetite for Instagrammable interiors and innovative, ever-changing, seasonal menus. We're pleased to report they've stepped up to the challenge. Yes, nice hotel restaurants are a thing now! Some of London’s very best restaurants can be found in hotels – you just have to know where to look.
One particular misconception is that one must be staying at a hotel in order to dine at one. Not so! London’s best hotel restaurants have been constructed as dining destinations in their own right. You only have to take one look at the likes of Holborn Dining Room, Seabird and Goddard & Gibbs for proof, all of which are widely considered as standalone restaurants regardless of the building they’re housed in. You might not even have realised some of them lie inside hotels, which is proof in itself of their calibre.
The best hotel restaurants in London are varied, too. Sure, you can expect London’s fanciest hotels to produce something suitably swanky, but there are also a fair number of more casual spots offering all-day menus and lots of crowd-pleasing dishes. You'll notice that quite a few big-name chefs have dug their heels into hotels in London, too, from Michelin-starred Helene Darroze at the Connaught to Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.
So, the next time you’re on the hunt for great places to eat in London, we urge you to take a peek into the world of restaurants housed inside hotels. Have a scroll through our top picks for the ones that you really mustn’t miss.
Best hotel restaurants in London
From three-Michelin-starred establishments to luxurious lounges and gutsy British gastropubs, take a look at the ultimate hotel restaurants in the capital.
Straits Kitchen, Liverpool Street
What: Straits Kitchen is the flagship restaurant at Pan Pacific London, where it celebrates Singaporean cuisine via a menu of impactful national dishes. You can find it opposite Liverpool Street, on the first floor of the hotel, where the kitchen is headed up by executive chefs Lorraine Sinclair and Tony Khoo and head chef Soon Wong. The décor is modern and bright, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and smart furniture, which is a seemingly pared-back setting for a menu that’s bursting with vibrance and flavour. Choose between the chef’s set menu or the a la carte, where you’ll find dishes such as native lobster nonya laksa made with a lobster broth, coconut gravy and chilli sambal, baked black cod with lobster veloute, pea sprouts and parsnips, and crispy tofu with garlic and chilli sauce.
Hotel: Pan Pacific
Where: 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB
Book now: Straits Kitchen
Goddard & Gibbs, Shoreditch
What: Housed inside One Hundred Shoreditch is all-day restaurant and wine bar Goddard & Gibbs. The focus here is on British seafood, albeit with a decidedly playful twist. In the centre of the 150-cover dining room is a huge yellow sculpture designed to represent nostalgic summer days spent stacking pebbles at the beach. Sample delights from the raw bar to start, such as sea bream ceviche with soy and coriander or Maldon oysters with a Vietnamese dressing, before moving on to further fishy dishes. Look out for its signature hake Kyiv with leek butter, samphire and capers for main course, while the fried doughnut with malt ice cream, miso-caramel and peanut dust is a must for pudding!
Hotel: One Hundred Shoreditch
Where: 105 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JN
Book now: Goddard & Gibbs
Game Bird, St James's
What: Acclaimed British chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen is the driving force behind British restaurant Game Bird, who brings with her a wealth of experience from Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire. Working alongside executive chef Jozef Rogulski to create the menu, diners can expect contemporary plates where artisan British producers and ingredients are placed in the limelight. Start with the likes of a corn-fed chicken turnover with piccalilli and watercress, before indulging in luxurious mains such as venison wellington with sour cream potatoes, honey glazed carrots and truffle. And for pudding? We recommend the rhubarb crumble souffle with Jersey cream ice cream AND custard.
Hotel: The Stafford
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
Book now: Game Bird
The Montagu Kitchen, Marylebone
What: Overlooking leafy Portman Square, executive chef Roger Olsson has had a lot of fun with his menu which is designed to tell a story through various meal 'chapters'. The 'prologue' for example, might feaure bubble and squeak bites with Coleman's English mustard aioli, before moving on to chapters themed around the sea, land and farm. Discover both a la carte and tasting menus, although the latter is highly recommended if you want to experience the full culinary journey.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency The Churchill
Where: Portman Square, W1H 7BH
Book now: The Montagu Kitchen
Wild Honey, St James's
What: Anthony Demetre's French-British fine dining restaurant has always been held to great acclaim, finally earning itself a Michelin star with the release of the 2022 guide. Dining at Wild Honey is an all-round elegant affair. Take stock of the striking dining room which features grand high ceilings, studded banquets and lots of polished wood, while the menu celebrates the best seasonal British produce via dishes such as Welsh lamb with spring greens, fresh sheep’s ricotta and wild garlic, and Isle of Gigha halibut with white asparagus, tempura of monks beard, Cornish mussels and grapefruit relish.
Hotel: Sofitel St James Hotel
Where: 8 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5NG
Book now: Wild Honey
Mayfair Lounge and Grill, Mayfair
What: Serving dinner, lunch, afternoon tea and a distinguished drinks menu, this restaurant within the Cavendish Hotel in Mayfair is a stylish yet relaxed spot suited to numerous occasions. If you’re joining for lunch and dinner, the refined a la carte menu includes a selection of steaks and sauces, as well as plenty of fine dining dishes. Try poached salted cod with smoked mash potato, confit garlic and red pepper salsa, and grilled calves liver with bacon, mash, onions and a red wine jus. It’s pretty spectacular stuff! Finish up in the lounge with one of its signature cocktails or premium spirits.
Hotel: Cavendish London
Where: 81 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6JF
Book now: Mayfair Lounge and Grill
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Park Lane
What: Spearheaded by pioneering French chef Alain Ducasse, this three Michelin-starred gem is a stalwart for classic French cooking. Guests can dine a la carte or from the tasting menu, although don't say we didn't warn you about the price tag beforehand - you're looking at about £150 for three courses. Dishes are listed in both French and English, although we'll opt for the latter for ease. Look out for a lobster medallion, with chicken quenelles, Périgord truffle and homemade semolina pasta, and farmhouse veal fillet with aubergine, oyster and buckwheat.
Hotel: The Dorchester
Where: Park Lane, W1K 1QA
Book now: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
The Crown Chiswick
What: With its pretty green spaces, boutique shops and proximity to the river, Chiswick is a popular area for both day trips and overnight stays. If you are looking to spend the night, boutique hotel The Crown on Chiswick High Road is about as central as it gets, and boasts a rather lovely British-Mediterranean restaurant which serves seasonal, brasserie-style dishes. During the week, guests can tuck into a selection of comforting plates from the a la carte menu, including steak tartare with raw egg yolk and toasted sourdough, salmon with confit tomatoes, courgette and spinach puree and sauce vierge, and crab and king prawn risotto with saffron. While on Sundays, a spectacular roast is served with all the trimmings.
Hotel: The Crown
Where: 210 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PD
Book now: The Crown Chiswick
Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay, The Strand
What: The iconic Savoy Grill has seen the likes of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean pass through its gilded doors over the years. Black and white photographs, shimmering chandeliers, glitzy mirrors and white tablecloths ooze 1920s glamour, while the menu is just as rich and luxurious. British and French favourites include poached oysters with seaweed beurre blanc, beef wellington with a red wine jus, lobster thermidor as well as a selection of steaks from the wood-charcoal grill. It’s the perfect place to head when only decadence will do.
Hotel: The Savoy
Where: The Savoy, WC2R 0EU
Book now: Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay
The Hero of Maida, Maida Vale
What: This long-standing Victorian boozer has been reimagined as a boutique hotel, boasting five comfortable rooms and a modern British restaurant upstairs. Blue leather banquettes, floor-to-ceiling windows and an intricately carved ceiling offer a grand but comfortable backdrop to a menu that’s rooted in local produce and brasserie-style favourites. You might like to start with a Scotch egg or charcuterie plate, before tucking into main dishes such as beer-battered cod and chips with minted peas and tartare sauce, a raclette cheeseburger or your choice of steak with chips, sauces and sides.
Hotel: The Hero of Maida
Where: 55 Shirland Road, W9 2JD
Book now: The Hero of Maida
The Restaurant at The Capital, Knightsbridge
What: The Restaurant at five-star The Capital is ideally-located if you're staying, shopping or sight-seeing in Knightsbridge and in need of a bite. Serving an all-day menu that changes regularly with the seasons, starters include crispy prawns with Thai butter and padron peppers with sherry vinegar and smoked Malden salt, while mains might feature truffled mac and triple cheese, a wagyu burger or a spatchcock baby chicken with lemon and harissa butter.
Hotel: The Capital
Where: 22-24 Basil Street, SW3 1AT
Book now: The Restaurant at The Capital
The Gate at Richmond Harbour Hotel, Richmond
What: Perched on the corner of Richmond Park in one of London’s leafiest neighbourhoods is Richmond Harbour Hotel, an 18th-century Georgian building with a spa, garden, events spaces and more. The Gate is a lively all-day kitchen, bar and terrace with a huge glass skylight, botanical flourishes and vibrant colourful furnishings. Opt for afternoon tea in its Moroccan-inspired lounge, enjoy innovative cocktails at the marble bar or discover exciting new dishes from the open kitchen. Examples include monkfish tail with wilted spinach, confit tomato and balsamic glaze, grilled scallops with pea purée and crisp bacon crumb and a plenty of options from the charcoal grill.
Hotel: Richmond Harbour Hotel
Where: Richmond Hill, TW10 6RP
Book now: The Gate at Richmond Harbour Hotel
Hithe + Seek, Mansion House
What: If you’re after a view of the river while you dine, you couldn't ask for a better location than Hithe + Seek. This wine bar and restaurant can be found in The Westin London City Hotel serving carefully selected wines and cocktails, plus tasty pairings, ideal for a drink with friends or even client entertaining. Look out for beef tartare with Gillardeau oyster mayonnaise, egg yolk, and brioche paired with an Italian pinot noir, and cured mackerel tartare with rhubarb and black garlic ketchup served with an English orange wine.
Hotel: The Westin London City Hotel
Where: 60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD
Book now: Hithe + Seek
Holborn Dining Room, Holborn
What: Alongside its grand vintage interiors and luxurious brasserie-style favourites, the jewel in Holborn Dining Room’s crown is its bespoke Pie Room, a dedicated space like no other in London with the sole purpose of preparing its signature pies. You can find them on the menu here, including a chicken, chestnut mushroom and tarragon pie, a hand-raised pork pie and a beef cheek and celeriac steamed suet pudding. Hotel: Rosewood
Where: 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Book now: Holborn Dining Room
What: Seabird will have you wanting to redecorate your home once you get site of its lush interiors. Cushion-heavy sofas and large, leafy plants create a comfortable, holiday feel, although the real wow-factor comes in the form of jaw-dropping views from its rooftop terrace. Make the journey to the 14th floor of the Hoxton hotel to see for yourself. Don’t miss the raw bar in the centre, and a fish-focused menu where you can order its famous seafood platters.
Hotel: The Hoxton Southwark
Where: 32-40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8PB
Book now: Seabird
Helene Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair
What: Depending on how you go about judging an outstanding restaurant, we’d bet that owning three Michelin stars gives it at least some credibility; Helene Darroze joined The Connaught back in 2008 and achieved her third and final star in 2021. Only tasting menus are available here, although the offering changes regularly based on seasonality of ingredients. Expect dishes such as turbot with tropea onion, razor clams and romesco, duck with beetroot, picked rose petal, pistachio and mole sauce, and mackerel with almond, melon, dill and spruce tips.
Hotel: The Connaught
Where: Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
Book now: Helen Darroze at The Connaught
Best hotel bars in London
Our round-up of the best hotel bars in London includes everything from seductive basement speakeasies to sky-high spots with a view. Discover them all right here.
Seed Library, Shoreditch
What: Buried in the basement of One Hundred Shoreditch, Seed Library is the creation of none other than alleged ‘best bartender in the world’, Ryan Chetiyawardana. Never heard of him before? He’s also the brains behind Southbank’s Lyaness and the highly-praised Dandelyan bar, with a whopping 15 awards to his name. Chetiyawardana’s approach to this hotel venture is much more stripped back than anything he’s done before, with a rotating menu of reinvented classic cocktails, such as a Black Elderflower French Martini and a Coriander Seed Gimlet. There’s a concise food menu too where you can snack on chicken fat popcorn and crispy lamb sweetbreads while you relax in moody art-deco surrounds.
Hotel: One Hundred Shoreditch
Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
Book now: Seed Library
GONG by Shangri La The Shard, London Bridge
What: One of London’s swankiest hotel’s is bound to spawn a bar that’s just as luxurious, and Shangri La have done it with GONG, a high-end cocktail bar located on the 52nd floor of The Shard. The space is separated into two main areas – the cocktail bar and the Champagne bar – so pick your drink of choice before heading to your seat. If you opt for the former, there’s a huge list of innovative cocktails awaiting you. Travel all over Asia via the Voyager Zheng menu where ingredients and flavours inspired by Japan, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and more are reimagined in new drinks. Look out for Punjabi Mango made with gin, mango lassi syrup, smoked paprika and lime, or Ikigai Highball featuring whisky, yuzu mill, shiso cordial and wasabi tincture.
Hotel: Shangri La The Shard
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 90U
Book now: GONG by Shangri La The Shard
Waeska at The Mandrake, Fitzrovia
What: The Mandrake's botanical bar Waeska is a treat for the senses from the moment you walk through the door. Peruse its unique collection of artifacts and objets d'arts, including a fantastical creature that is half-gazelle, half-peacock mounted on the wall. The cocktail menu, meanwhile, is based around the principles of ethnobotany - the study of a region’s plants and their uses - with examples being Oshun, made with herb-infused gin, yuzu sake, basil, sherbert and Champagne, and Carnivorus Lady featuring whisky, campari, sweet vermouth, tomato ponzu and strawberry.
Hotel: The Mandrake
Where: 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG
Book now: Waeska at The Mandrake
PocketSquare Skyline Bar and Terrace, Aldgate
What: Fashionable east London cocktail bar PocketSquare can be found on the 9th floor of Hyatt London City East, where it combines art-deco interiors, expertly-crafted cocktails and fantastic views of the city below. Every single signature cocktail on the menu is paired with a dish suggestion, taking the leg work out of ordering. You might like to try a creation called Brutalism, for example, which mixes whisky, port wine, tobacco bitters and pecan liquor and is suggested to be served alongside slow-cooked oxtail sliders with pecan BBQ sauce. We don't need to be asked twice.
Hotel: Hyatt London City East
Where: 9th Floor Hyatt Place, E1 1DU
Book now: PocketSquare Skyline Bar and Terrace
For dining that's in a whole other league, you'll probably want to browse our guide to Michelin star restaurants in London.